Queen postpones diplomatic reception on advice from Foreign Office

Queen Elizabeth II has postponed a diplomatic reception she was due to hold in the coming days on the advice of the country’s Foreign Office.

Their advice comes in the wake of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

The Diplomatic Reception, which takes place every year, involves the Queen and other members of the Royal Family hosting more than hundreds of members of the diplomatic corps, often in the state rooms of Buckingham Palace.

In a statement, the palace explained: “The Queen has accepted the advice of the Foreign Secretary that the diplomatic reception in Windsor on Wednesday March 2 should be postponed.”

Wednesday’s event was to be held at Windsor Castle.



The Queen was due to welcome hundreds of diplomats next Wednesday

The move comes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a statement earlier today, Saturday February 26, expressing their support for Ukraine and its people.

The royal couple wrote on Twitter: “In October 2020, we had the privilege of meeting with President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to hear their hope and optimism for the future of Ukraine.

“Today we stand with the President and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight for that future. W&C.”

The tweet reached 14,000 likes within half an hour and nearly 2,000 retweets.



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The two members of the royal family expressed their support for the Ukrainians

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle shared their support earlier this week.

Their message read: “Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.”

The Queen has canceled a handful of events in recent days because she contracted Covid-19.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement at the time: “Buckingham Palace confirms that the Queen has today tested positive for Covid.



Queen Elizabeth II made her first official appearance after her son Prince Andrew settled his sexual assault case
Queen Elizabeth II was announced to have contracted Covid-19 on February 20

“Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.

“She will continue to receive medical care and will follow all appropriate guidelines.”

Although she planned to continue her “light duties,” the 95-year-old monarch called off all of her engagements on Tuesday, February 22, and also canceled two other virtual meetings.

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